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Last week, we asked you when you last saw spam in your inbox When did you last see SPAM in your inbox? [MakeUseOf Poll] When did you last see SPAM in your inbox? [MakeUseOf Poll] Read More . It seems that there are still plenty of people out there suffering from spam each day. However, some readers were kind enough to leave comments with some great tools for avoiding spam mail. Worth checking out if you’re in need of a solution!

Out of 329 total votes, 31% of people always see spam in their inbox. Another 19% of readers see spam weekly, while 4% see spam every fortnight. Out of the readers who are largely free of spam, 6% saw spam within the last month, 19% see spam once in a blue moon and 21% can’t recall the last time they saw spam.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.


As you can see, over half of MakeUseOf readers still suffer regularly from spam.

This week’s poll question is: How often do you buy software?

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This includes software for your smartphone, too.

If you’ve recently bought some great software, let us know in the comments!

  1. Mark O'Neill
    September 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I have only ever bought two pieces of software - SnagIt and AVI Splitter, and I only went for the paid option because the free alternatives were all lacking in some major way for me. But normally I try to find free or open source alternatives when I am looking for software. Given the vast amounts of free alternatives out there, I really don't like paying for software.

  2. Angela Alcorn
    September 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Sorry, I figured "Less than once per year" covered 'Never'.

    You've voiced the 'Never' option here, so it's all good. :)

  3. Meena
    September 27, 2010 at 11:18 am

    really, there is a missing option called NEVER

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm

      Sorry, I figured "Less than once per year" covered 'Never'.

      You've voiced the 'Never' option here, so it's all good. :)

  4. Whig
    September 27, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I use open source software whenever I can but if there is only paid software available then I will try them out for as long as I can and check other peoples reviews before making a decision to buy.

  5. John Doe
    September 27, 2010 at 9:55 am

    How's it theft, when both of you end up with a copy? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  6. Car
    September 27, 2010 at 6:24 am

    I do buy software because if it is good, then I believe in supporting the people who developed the software.

    Cracking software is theft!

    If you don't like microsoft then use open source alternative... ditto for adobe and so on.

  7. John Doe
    September 27, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Where's the option for never?

  8. Peter
    September 27, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Hahahaha! Buy+Software=LOL
    You can get all software for free

  9. Peter
    September 27, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Hahahaha! Buy+Software=LOL
    You can get all software for free

  10. Mark Szymanski
    September 27, 2010 at 4:03 am

    The most recent software I bought was the Alfred Powerpack (alfredapp.com) and boy was it worth it!

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